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Dubia, 1756

Dubia de principiis philosophiae recentioris Petri Forsskål

Publication history

Forsskål’s philosophy dissertation was first published in Göttingen in June 1756 as part of the process of submission of the thesis for the award of a doctorate. It was published by the Dutch bookseller-printer Élie Luzac who had been asked by the University to open an office in Göttingen. Luzac, like Forsskål, had an interest in questions of freedom of speech and in 1749 had published an Essai sur la liberté de produire ses sentimens in Leiden.

A second edition was published in Leipzig, probably also in 1756, by Gottfried Stopffel who worked there from 1746 to 1759.

A third edition was published in Copenhagen, probably in 1760 when Forsskål was in Denmark preparing to join the expedition to Arabia Felix. The title page announces additional notes and supporting pieces, many of which document the scholarly reaction to the thesis and Forsskål's response to criticisms. The printer of this edition was the widow of Ludoph Henrik Lillie who had worked in Copenhagen from 1755 to 1758 and was succeeded by his widow from 1759 to 1765.

On the title page of this third edition, Forsskål announces himself as professor of philosophy at Copenhagen and a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. A draft of the diploma for the award of the status of Corresponding Member survives in the Archive of the Academy of Sciences, dated June 1756.

1. Göttingen, Elias Luzac, 1756

B. C. D. Dubia de principiis philosophiae recentioris quae cons. ampliss. ord. philos. In Academia Regia Georgia-Augusta  pro honoribus philosophicis publico examini committet Petrus Forsskål Suecus Die [  ] Iunii, MDCCLVI.

Goettingae apud Eliam Luzac.

4°: *6 A–G4 H6, 36 leaves; [6], [1] 2–65 [3] pp.

Reference: VD18 1026065X

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Södertörns högskola, Biblioteket
Shelf mark: Dissert. EP 5001 Hft. 7/21
Stockholm, Kungl. biblioteket
Shelf mark: 11 Bb Göttingen
Växjö stadsbibliotek
Shelf mark: Stiftsbiblioteket Arkiv 1 Linnésamlingen


National Library of Finland
Shelf mark: Rv Diss. ulk. (Lehtien G1 ja G2 välissä korjausliuska. - Nimekkeeseen lisätty käsin pvm.: XII)
Turku University Library
Shelf mark: PÄÄ Fennica s.Eccmh.II.For


Göttingen, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek
Shelf mark:  4 HLP IV, 26/5:1756 (22); digitised:
Shelf mark:  8 PHIL I, 7022
Greifswald, Universitätsbibliothek
Shelf mark:   536/Disp.phil. 35,9
Jena, Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Jena
Shelf mark:   4 Diss.philos.186(3)
Münster, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek
Shelf mark: 1E 16631
Rostock, Universitätsbibliothek
Shelf mark: Fa-1092(5).2
Shelf mark:   Fa-1092(58).24
Schwerin, Landesbibliothek Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Shelf mark:   Cf 395
Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek
Shelf mark:  Philos.Diss.492
Weimar, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek
Shelf mark:   15, 3 : 54

 United Kingdom

Oxford, Bodleian Library
Shelf mark:  Diss. L 51 (1)


2. Leipzig,  Gottfried Stopffel, [1756]

B. C. D. Dubia de principiis philosophiae recentioris quae  cons. ampliss. ord. philos. in Academia Regia Georgia - Augusta pro honoribus philosophicis publico examini committet Petrus Forsskål Suecus die [  ] Iunii, MDCCLVI.

Lipsiae, ex officina Stopffelia, [1756].

4°: * A–H4; 36 leaves; [8], [1] 2–64 pp.

 Copies recorded


Jena, Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek
Shelf mark:   4 Diss.philos.186(3)
München, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Shelf mark:   4. Diss. 3187.1; digitised:
Shelf mark:  4. Diss. 1869; digitised:


3. Copenhagen, widow of Ludoph Henrik Lillie, [1760]

Petri Forsskål, Sueci, prof. philos. Hafniensis et corresp. soc. scient. Götting. Dubia de principiis philosophiae recentioris, dissertatione academica pro honoribus philosophicis Göttingae defensa, d. XII. Junii MDCCLXVI.

Editio altera novis notis et scriptis apologeticis auctior.

[København], typis viduae L. H. Lillie, [1760].

8°: π1, A–M8, 98 leaves; [2], [1] 2–4 [5–17] 18–110 [111] 112–180 [181] 182–192 pp.

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Jämtlands läns bibliotek, Zetterströmska biblioteket
Gamla samlingen
Lund, Universitetsbiblioteket
Shelf mark: ÄLDRE SAMLINGEN Sv Filos Allm
Skara, Stifts- och landsbiblioteket
Shelf mark: FO 1700
Stockholm, Kungl. biblioteket
Shelfmark: 11 Bb Göttingen
Shelfmark: 1700-1829: 16 A (2 copies)

Uppsala, Universitetsbibliotek
Shelf mark: Sv. Linnésaml. Hammarby 97
Visby, Almedalsbiblioteket, Visby läroverkssamling
Shelfmark: 2168


Copenhagen, Royal Library
Shelf mark:  Fil. 7730 8°


National Library of Finland
Shelf mark: Rv Diss. ulk.
Helsinki University Libraries
Shelf mark: H Reenpää Diss. Extra Patriam Forsskål
Turku University Library
Shelf mark: PÄÄ Fennica s.Ai.I.1175
Vaasa, Tritonia Academic Library
Shelf mark: ÖH Lyc.12a Forsskål


Oslo, Universitetsbiblioteket
Shelf mark: UHS, Mag313, C 8 For